I'm going to Syracuse for three days, and need to get to Rome after that. I've heard the night train is NOT the way to go, and we don't want to fly. I've heard ferries are great ways to go at night. What City near or in Syracuse do I need to leave from to take a ferry near or to Rome? Don't want to spend hours getting Palermo to get a ferry out of there. Is it possible to do ferries from the East side of Sicilly? Is the night train as bad as I've heard?
Last question. Is it possible to book/pay for ferry/train overnight when we get to Italy, about two weeks before the actual train/ferry ride? Will there still be space available two weeks in advance (12 days)